Definition of "separate" []

  • To set or keep apart; disunite. (verb-transitive)
  • To space apart; scatter: small farms that were separated one from another by miles of open land. (verb-transitive)
  • To sort: separate mail by postal zones. (verb-transitive)
  • To differentiate or discriminate between; distinguish: a researcher who separated the various ethnic components of the population sample. (verb-transitive)
  • To remove from a mixture or combination; isolate. (verb-transitive)
  • To act as a barrier between (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To put or force or be put or forced apart (verb)
  • To part or be parted from a mass or group (verb)
  • To discriminate between (verb)
  • To divide or be divided into component parts; sort or be sorted (verb)
  • To sever or be severed (verb)
  • (of a married couple) to cease living together by mutual agreement or after obtaining a decree of judicial separation (verb)
  • Existing or considered independently (adjective)
  • Disunited or apart (adjective)
  • Set apart from the main body or mass (adjective)
  • Distinct, individual, or particular (adjective)
  • Solitary or withdrawn (adjective)
  • Designating or relating to a Church or similar institution that has ceased to have associations with an original parent organization (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "separate" in a sentence
  • "In connection with this fracture, reference must be made to a condition frequently met with, in which the epiphysial portion of the acromion is found to be separate from the body of the process -- _separate acromion_."
  • ""He was holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners:" not _separate_ in the sense of not eating and drinking with them, of not associating and conversing with them; but separate in the sense that he was not, like them, a transgressor of the law of"
  • "Purchas having considered some of the ships belonging to _single_ adventurers or subscriptions, which made separate voyages or parts of voyages, as _separate_ adventures."